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Public Lab Community Newsletter February 16, 2014

by Shannon | February 17, 2014 00:14 17 Feb 00:14 | #10044 | #10044

In the Public Lab community newsletter this week, get updates on projects happening from Spain to Louisiana, dig in to a conversation on indoor gardening and open hardware and check out numerous new research notes on topics ranging from underwater plume sampling to Arduino based underwater sensor platforms. Enjoy!


Anyone in the Austin, Texas area? We’ll be organizing a Public Lab meet-up between the dates of 3/7-3/11. If you’re in the area and interested in meeting other Public Labbers or have ideas about where we can meet/map/enjoy some time away from SXSW, please send a message to

The Citizen Science Association (CSA), has just launched and is pleased to announce free, inaugural membership:

Upcoming events

The Citizen Cyberscience Summit is this week in London! Check out the schedule for talks and workshops by Public Lab organizers including Cindy Regalado and Hagit Keysar.

Although Ignite Philly appears to currently be sold out, for those in Philadelphia, here’s an upcoming event where Public Labbers will be giving a talk on balloon mapping in the Philly region:

New and ongoing projects

Mapping of Barataria Bay in Louisiana is underway. With the generous support of Patagonia Clothing Company, Public Labbers are taking to the water and mapping at twenty sites around the area. Read more about the February 9th mapping trip here:

Interested in indoor gardening? Here’s a new project to examine concepts in open hardware tools for indoor gardening:

Check out a research note by Public Lab organizer, Scott Eustis, on mapping urban flooding in New Orleans:

Here’s a wrap-up from Public Lab mappers in Castelleon, Spain who completed a three-day workshop earlier this month:

Research Note highlights

Lots of research notes and mailing list discussions this week, our most since the barnraising! Take a peek at this chart to see the stats:

  1. NDVI 720nm, 850nm filter two camera setup result (posted by gpenzo)

  2. Thermal flashlight-- now with more LEDz! (posted by donblair)

  3. Great Infragram conversion video for the Canon Elph 130is (posted by mathew)

  4. CP RR oil tanker leak from Red wing to Winona MN, beside Mississippi River (posted by marlokeno)

  5. SnapPiCam: a Raspberry Pi Point & Shoot (posted by Mathew)

  6. Underwater plume sampling methods (posted by maxliboiron)

  7. Sampling extension for smartphone specs (posted by warren)

  8. Comments and questions on NDVI (posted by radialmind)

  9. An Arduino based underwater sensor platform (posted by EdMellon)

  10. Cloud sensor base station (posted by Code4Maine)

  11. Impact white balance and stretching on NDVI (posted by radialmind)

  12. NDVI with canon a2500 (posted by gpenzo)

If anything was missed, please email the list or post a research note. Have a great week everyone! Shannon

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